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Divine Moments for Students: Everyday Inspiration from God's Word

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Divine Moments books are designed to help you experience a daily breakthrough with God. Inside each handy book you'll find life application topics such as acceptance, brokenness, calling, comfort, crisis, decisions, doubt, endurance, giving, healing, hurts, loss, love, miracles, mistakes, planning, purpose, risk, romance, stress, temptation, tragedy, and wisdom. Under each topic you'll find a question that we all ask at one time or another about how we relate to God and how our faith relates to everyday life. ...

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Overview

Divine Moments books are designed to help you experience a daily breakthrough with God. Inside each handy book you'll find life application topics such as acceptance, brokenness, calling, comfort, crisis, decisions, doubt, endurance, giving, healing, hurts, loss, love, miracles, mistakes, planning, purpose, risk, romance, stress, temptation, tragedy, and wisdom. Under each topic you'll find a question that we all ask at one time or another about how we relate to God and how our faith relates to everyday life. When we bring our deepest questions to God, we can find answers. Discover today how God's Word provides answers to our deepest questions about life and answers hundreds of the greatest questions of all time. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9781414312286
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Divine Moments Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,393,248
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 3.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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DIVINE MOMENTS for STUDENTS
Everyday Inspiration from God's Word
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2008
Ronald A. Beers
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-1228-6


Chapter One Abilities

My Question for God

How can I make the most of my abilities?

A Moment with God

It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus. Acts 20:24

I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4

What gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift? 1 Corinthians 4:7

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God gives all people special abilities and spiritual gifts that he intends them to develop and use. Do you know what yours are? One of the most important tasks in life is to identify your unique abilities and gifts. Then you have three choices: First, you could ignore them. This will leave you unfulfilled and disconnected from God's plan for you. Second, you could use them to advance your own goals because you are naturally gifted in certain areas. Third, you could put them to their intended use and maximize God's purpose for you. As you read and obey God's Word, you will begin to under stand your special abilities and spiritual gifts. Taking a spiritual-gifts assessment would also help. Once you know what they are, using your unique abilities and gifts to serve God will give you deep satisfaction and help you discover your distinct role among God's people.

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Divine Promise

TO THOSE WHO USE WELL WHAT THEY ARE GIVEN, EVEN MORE WILL BE GIVEN, AND THEY WILL HAVE AN ABUNDANCE. Matthew 25:29

Absolutes

My Questions for God

Are there absolutes in life? How can I know what they are?

A Moment with God

People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart. Proverbs 21:2

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 21:25

Your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. James 4:11

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Imagine you've just bought a new cell phone or computer. If you ignore the instructions for using it, it will still work. But you'll miss out on so many of the great things it was meant to do; you'll miss out on so much of what you could have enjoyed. Now let's say that instead of ignoring the instructions, you go against them-you purposely do the opposite of what the manual tells you to do. Suddenly you've got a bigger problem. Your phone or computer will only frustrate you because nothing is working right. There's a certain way to get these gadgets to work, and the instruction book tells you how. It's the same with life. The Bible is God's instruction manual for living. When you follow his instructions, life just works better. That's because God, as the creator of life, has programmed certain absolutes into the world-principles that apply to all people in all times and all places. Ignore God's instructions, and you'll miss out on so much of what God intends for you to enjoy in life. Go against his instructions, and life isn't going to work at all. You will be hurt, frustrated, and disappointed. That's why it is so important to read the Bible and discover what always works and what never works. Then life will be so much smoother, more enjoyable, and more fulfilling.

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Divine Promise

ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD AND IS USEFUL TO TEACH US WHAT IS TRUE AND TO MAKE US REALIZE WHAT IS WRONG IN OUR LIVES. IT CORRECTS US WHEN WE ARE WRONG AND TEACHES US TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. 2 Timothy 3:16

Acceptance

My Question for God

Can God help me accept other people?

A Moment with God

Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Romans 15:7

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Accepting others is the key to good relationships. Without it, you would likely lead a life of rejection and loneliness. But accepting others and feeling accepted by them allows you to develop friendships. God accepts you no matter what-despite the times you've hurt him, ignored him, or rejected him. Only when you understand God's unconditional love will you be drawn into a relationship with him. God calls you to accept others in the same way that he does because he knows how important it is to have deep friendships and how much influence you can have in the lives of others. Just as God accepted you for who you are and then challenged you to grow and change, so you must accept others for who they are before you try to influence them. Acceptance isn't about befriending the best or most godly people. Acceptance is about letting God break through your fears, inhibitions, and stereotypes in order to bring out the best in the people around you. God also calls you to accept those the world deems unacceptable- the poor, the homeless, the handicapped, the elderly, prisoners, and addicts.

* * *

Divine Promise

THOSE THE FATHER HAS GIVEN ME WILL COME TO ME, AND I WILL NEVER REJECT THEM. John 6:37

Accomplishments

My Question for God

How can I know if my accomplishments are pleasing God?

A Moment with God

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy." Matthew 3:16-17

This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life." Romans 1:17

You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16

We are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

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Many people assume that accomplishing great things is the way to become spiritually great. They are driven to earn respect from others, to impress others, to gain the applause and approval of others. If you are striving for these things, it can easily transfer over to your relationship with God-you may think you have to earn his love and forgiveness too. But you are accepted because of God's grace, not because of what you accomplish. God accepted you from the start, before you had accomplished anything. It's true that you have been created, called, and equipped to accomplish certain things for God. But your accomplishments are always to be understood as the result of God's grace in you, not your own efforts. The greatest accomplishment is allowing God to carry out his plans through you. This means letting go of your need to be accepted because of your performance. God-pleasing accomplishments will highlight God's power at work in you.

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Divine Promise

WITH GOD'S HELP WE WILL DO MIGHTY THINGS. Psalm 60:12

Accountability

My Question for God

How can accountability deepen my relationship with God?

A Moment with God

"Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?" says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24

You must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.... Do what is right and good in the Lord's sight, so all will go well with you. Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 18

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Accountability is literally giving an account of yourself-where you've been, what you've been doing, what your motives were. The one who is holding you accountable has the freedom to ask for this account from you. The purpose of accountability is not to keep you from having fun but to help you enjoy life even more by preventing you from impulsively doing something that will hurt yourself or someone else. With the right person holding you accountable, you will make better decisions that will positively impact your future. You may not always like to be held accountable; you may think it puts too many restrictions on you. It forces you to open up the dark corners of your life that you'd prefer to keep hidden. But accountability will keep you honest, happy, and on the right path. It's not always comfortable, but it's necessary. Ultimately, accountability means answering to God. If you're really going to take it seriously, you have to begin with God as your primary accountability partner. He knows all the secrets of your heart anyway, so why try to hide anything from him? Be honest with God, and tell him about your struggles. Follow his principles for living as found in the Bible. Then you'll be less likely to do something you will later regret. You will better understand what you are doing and why you are doing it when you understand for whom you are doing it.

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Divine Promise

YOU WILL ALWAYS HARVEST WHAT YOU PLANT. Galatians 6:7

Addiction

My Question for God

How can God break the power of addiction in my life?

A Moment with God

You say, "I am allowed to do anything"-but not everything is good for you. And even though "I am allowed to do anything," I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory ... because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

* * *

Who in their right mind would volunteer to become a slave, chained forever to a life of bondage? That's exactly what addiction is: self-imposed slavery. It's selling yourself into a lifetime of bondage to a habit or substance. While we often think of addiction as a problem related to drugs or alcohol, there are other addictions that are just as destructive. You can become addicted to laziness, watching television, playing computer games, eating unhealthy food-the list goes on and on. You can even become addicted to good things, like exercising too much or eating too much health food. We all have our addictions, whether they are simply bad habits or serious dependencies. Sin is the worst addiction. Like other addictive habits or substances, sin often appears alluring and attractive and promises short-term pleasure. You can easily justify giving in just this once, thinking you have things under control. But soon you realize that your "one time" has turned into a habit you can't stop. It now controls you. As with other addictions, sin often results when you lose self-control. Ironically, the only way to recover your self-control is to let God control you. His control is always for your benefit and for your spiritual growth. God can break the power of any addiction you are struggling with when you give him control of your life. It is imperative that you admit your addiction and acknowledge its destructiveness. God often works through other people to help you. It is almost impossible to overcome addiction by yourself; you need the consistent support of people who love you enough to tell you the truth and hold you accountable. But you must also hold yourself accountable to God's way of living, as written in the Bible. This will keep you close to God, and he will work in your life to change your heart and desires. Surrender to the Holy Spirit, and God will replace addictive impulses with life-affirming desires. While it is important to seek the help of others, it is only with God's help that you will ultimately have the power to overcome addiction.

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Divine Promise

YOU ARE NOT CONTROLLED BY YOUR SINFUL NATURE. YOU ARE CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT IF YOU HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVING IN YOU. Romans 8:9

Advice

My Question for God

I'm bombarded with opinions. How do I know whether I'm getting the right advice?

A Moment with God

The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5

Then Jehoshaphat added, "But first let's find out what the Lord says." 1 Kings 22:5

What should I do? This is a commonly asked question. In an age of conflicting claims and confusing information, many people are searching for wise counsel. Maybe that's why counselors are in such great demand and advice columnists are in every newspaper. But there's a critical difference between well-meaning advice and wise counsel. God's wisdom is best because he is all-knowing. Seek knowledge and understanding from the One who knows everything that will happen today and tomorrow and every day to come. Then you will have the wisdom to weigh and interpret advice from others.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Colossians 3:16

The word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16

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Be careful if a friend or adviser always seems to be telling you what you want to hear. It may be a sign that he or she is more interested in gaining your favor than building your faith. The Word of God is described as sharp because it cuts all the way down to your motives. Good advisers won't always tell you what you want to hear because sometimes they will need to use God's Word to convict you of sin. Divine moments often come unexpectedly through convicting yet timely words of advice!

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Divine Promise

YOU GUIDE ME WITH YOUR COUNSEL, LEADING ME TO A GLORIOUS DESTINY. Psalm 73:24

Anger

My Question for God

Why do I get so angry sometimes?

A Moment with God

The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected. Genesis 4:4-5

"You have made me look like a fool!" Balaam shouted. Numbers 22:29

"Didn't I tell you?" the king of Israel exclaimed to Jehoshaphat. "He never prophesies anything but trouble for me.... Put this man in prison, and feed him nothing but bread and water!" 1 Kings 22:18, 27

"Get out of the sanctuary, for you have sinned." ... Uzziah, who was holding an incense burner, became furious. 2 Chronicles 26:18-19

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. Esther 3:5

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